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Passage of Senate Immigration Bill Signals Dramatic Shift in Future US Immigration Policy

United States immigration reform took a major step on June 27, when the US Senate passed a bill that would greatly expand opportunities for immigrants seeking entry and lawful permanent residence in the United States.  The bill is called the “Border Security Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” and has since been passed to the House of Representatives for consideration.  The bill is the creation of a group of seven U.S. senators that includes both Democrats and Republicans, including Florida’s Marco Rubio.  If passed by the House, the bill would create a system for undocumented immigrants currently living in the...

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Some Immigrants with Temporary Protected Status May Soon Be Eligible to Apply for Lawful Permanent Residency

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders who entered the United States illegally may now be eligible to ad adjust their status to “Lawful Permanent Resident” (LPR), according to a recent groundbreaking decision by a United States Court of Appeals.  The decision serves as a stunning departure from previous Unites States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy requiring TPS holders to first leave the United States before applying for LPR status, a process complicated by potential ten year bars from re-entry and additional obstacles facing those immigrants with previously unlawful presence in the country.  Attorney Ryan Korsunsky of Wites & Kapetan believes...

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